The Last Days of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. As a result of his inquiries, Socrates concluded that he was wise in what way?

2. How did Socrates describe himself?

3. As the discussion progressed, how did Euthyphro feel about his decision to prosecute a relative?

4. What word is used, by Tarrant, to describe Socrates' manner at his trial?

5. Which of the four dialogues is "The Apology"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Euthyphro admits that many people are upset by his decision. For what reason?

2. According to the introductory chapter, why have the notes been included with the text of the Socratic dialogues?

3. What does Tarrant say in the introductory notes about other versions of these dialogues?

4. Who are Apollo and Artemis?

5. Why is Euthyphro at the courthouse when Socrates is there?

6. Why is the issue of ethics so confused in the case of Euthyphro and Socrates?

7. What was Socrates' explanation for why he had been, supposedly, challenging the Oracle's answer?

8. What charges are being brought against Socrates, and by whom?

9. Why did Socrates initially pursue his habit of questioning people?

10. What does Tarrant warn readers about, regarding Socrates, and the various literary characters based on him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Socrates makes a distinction between necessary and sufficient causes. What are necessary causes? What are sufficient causes? What separates them from one another? What are the necessary and sufficient causes relating to Socrates' execution? Are there other examples of necessary and sufficient causes in the dialogues? If so, what are they? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Truth is an important concept in "The Last Days of Socrates." According to the theories presented in the text, what is truth? How does one find truth? Is it possible to know truth, with certainty, when one finds it? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Plato referred to himself in the dialogues, but only in passing, as one of Socrates' many friends. Why do you think this is so? Do you think that Socrates considered Plato to be "special" amongst his students and friends? Why or why not? Do you think Plato's representation of himself in the dialogues is an accurate representation of his true relationship with Socrates, as he perceived it? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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